Backing up to last Monday, it was Leo's 3rd birthday! It was also a super snowy day and I regretted not taking the day off work. Mondays are super busy for me at work, with a lot of meetings that I shouldn't miss too often. But I knew Leo wouldn't know any different and cupcakes would make it all better!
The snow was pretty crazy- a lot of people didn't come into work or were heavily delayed. Hubby decided to work from home in the morning which meant he did Audrey's preschool drop off which I was hugely grateful for.
After work, I picked up Audrey and we went to the store to buy Leo a foil helium balloon, which has been the tradition. Audrey was all worried about the balloon popping so I told her these foil balloons are a lot more durable than regular balloons and it will be fine.
Well, we were home for 5 minutes before the two of them destroyed this balloon!! Audrey was devastated, Leo was a little indifferent and I couldn't stop laughing! I guess I shouldn't underestimate their ability to ruin anything!
They were super pumped to sing Happy Birthday and eat cupcakes!
Loves icing like his mama!
Daddy built him a garage for all his cars- which is a lot!! He always likes his cars up on the floor so he was all over parking those cars between the lines!
Tuesday and Wednesday were work days so nothing exciting to share.
Wednesday I was super tired after work. The kids entertained themselves by having a tea party.
I did go to prenatal yoga and we had a substitute teacher. Is it bad that I enjoyed her class more than with our regular instructor? I felt completely rejuvenated after her class!
Thursday we had a quiet day at home and Grandma W came for a visit. The kids were super excited to see her and wanted her to read all the books, play all the games and do all the crafts with them!
Leo also opened the 2nd part of his birthday gift since he was too excited about the garage on his actual birthday.
Grandma read him the new book a million times that day. Plus we read it before nap and bed time. He can "read" it on his own now!
Working on some Valentines crafts
After nap we got our workout on. They get right into it!
Friday I took the kids to the barber shop by our house for hair cuts. Leo needed one but I had been putting it off because the last time they cut the top a little too short so I wanted it to grow out a bit. I knew I wanted the top longer and shorter on the sides but he buzzed his hair much shorter than I thought! Apparently a "2" guard is really short! At first it looked like he was giving him a mushroom cut from the 90s so I was having a mild panic attack but he redeemed himself and the cut turned out pretty cute.
I had a hard time finding a place to get Audrey's hair done. Ideally I wanted somewhere I could take both kids at the same time because who has time to go to multiple places! But the Beaners places were always super busy, hard to get into and while the kids enjoyed the atmosphere, the cuts weren't anything great.
Last time, I was at the barber shop with Leo, they said I could bring Audrey in for a trim anytime. I used to get my hair trimmed by the barber occasionally when my brother and dad went for hair cuts too!
Audrey was super chatty and not at all shy about having her hair cut. She definitely needed a bit taken off the bottom since she hasn't had a cut in awhile.
Hubby took the day off work to run some errands and have a personal day. Coincidentally, he decided to get a cut and shave the same time we were there!
Looks so handsome now with his new do!
Audrey had preschool in the afternoon. After we picked her up, we headed to the midwife clinic to do a prenatal workout! I am part of a pilot project with some other pregnant mamas from the clinic for a Prenatal Fitness Program. It's organized by a couple of the midwives and a prenatal/postnatal specialist fitness trainer.
The best part is that I can bring the kids and they entertain them while I workout! It is hard to find a good prenatal group exercise class that isn't super gentle like yoga or aquasize but that also has a knowledgeable instructor that can provide modifications for pregnant women. While those have their benefits, if you are fairly fit before getting pregnant, you likely want to continue working out. So many studies show that working out while pregnant (as long as your primary caregiver clears you) is beneficial for the baby, for labour, for recovering postpartum and for getting back into shape faster. Plus there all the mental benefits of working out. I know I struggle mentally when I can't workout regularly so I jumped at this opportunity to participate in this project.
We did it bootcamp/circuit training style. We did a warm up, 5 different stations that we rotated through twice, some ab/floor work and a great stretch. It was so good! Definitely less intense than some other workouts that I am used to but just the perfect in-between for being pregnant.
I can't even remember what we did the rest of the night- took it easy!
Saturday we woke up to this mess! Leo is the sneakiest boy! We are going to have to install either a lock on the pantry or a gate at the top of our stairs. He knows he isn't supposed to leave his room "until the sun is up" on his Groclock but clearly he has been ignoring that. Pancake mix everywhere!
After dance, Audrey and I ran some errands, including finding new bras for me. Audrey enjoyed trying some on too!
We picked up some Valentine's cards for preschool and day home. Audrey insisted on making her own. She signed them all herself too.
Sunday we headed to Ikea for breakfast since we had to go there to return a few things and pick up a couple frames and towels. The breakfast wasn't anything exciting but it was cheap and I didn't have to clean up after it!
Ikea wasn't too busy until I had to do the returns. I try to only buy things I'm 100% about because their returns system is so painful. I waited 30 minutes in line.
After Ikea we went to Costco where I waited in another line to return something while hubby and the kids started our shopping. Of course they were out of a few things so I had to make another trip to the grocery store this weekend. We are seriously crazy for doing both of those stores in one day but it seemed to make sense at the time since they are super close to each other.
Leo fell asleep on the way home. He's still not ready to drop his nap!
Audrey had her first drop off birthday party! It was for our friend's daughter and they live 2 minutes away. She didn't seem phased at all about being left there and had lots of fun. As much as I love kids birthday parties, it was nice to have a couple hours to do something else (like go to the grocery store again!).
The kids coloured for a bit before dinner. Usually Leo won't still for long to do a craft but he was very focused for his Paw Patrol colouring book.
Hubby had a productive weekend of hanging all our gallery walls and a few other pictures/art in the house. It finally feels like home with all our pictures up! I'll share some pictures later of the gallery walls- I still have to update a few pictures with some recent ones.
I did a bit of birthday party prep but mostly just relaxed Sunday evening. It was a busy few days and I was exhausted! We accomplished a lot though so it was worth it.
Now I just need to go to bed earlier this week!